This series of three independent discovery workshops was designed to reveal opportunities for social innovation, people who are interested in engaging in this work, and ways to support their initiatives, with a particular focus on women. It aimed to inspire social innovation, activate local talent and increase resilience. Examples of social enterprises business models included sole proprietorship and corporations, such as nonprofits and cooperatives, in the sectors of agriculture, cultural retention and vitalization, transportation and waste reduction.
The sessions were part of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN), a provincial partnership that aims to broaden and diversify the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women1. It seeks to redesign how business supports are provided by offering programming designed through these 7 Design Principles rooted in equity and anti-oppression.